Southern Fried Okra

by Katie of:

1 pound fresh okra
2 c. canola or vegetable oil
1 c. self-rising cornmeal
1/4 c. flour
1 t. salt
1/4 t. cayenne or black pepper
Extra salt for sprinkling
Heat oil in large skillet until very hot.  Slice off pod end of okra.  Cut okra into 1/2 inch pieces  Rinse in colander.  In large bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper.  Add okra and toss well to coat.  Scoop onto slotted spoon and shake off excess.  Add to hot skillet and fry 5-6 minutes or until crispy golden. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towel lined platter or basket.  Sprinkle with additional salt, if desired.